Gobble Green: An Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
If you are looking for ideas to create some new traditions for your Thanksgiving, consider going green this Thanksgiving. Here are a few ways to get you started:
1. Turkey Talk: So your guests didn’t go for that tofurkey idea last year. Try organic this year instead. Visit localharvest.org to have an organic turkey delivered to your home this year.
2. Get Fancy: Skip the paper napkins. Purchase a set of cloth napkins this year-impress your guests and Mother Nature.
3. Try Low Impact Decorations: Skimp on the paper decorations but go all out at rawganique.com where you can purchase absolutely stunning organic cotton and hemp tablecloths.
4. Clean House: Try non-toxic cleaning solutions this year especially if you have guests with allergies, asthma, or children that will be crawling on your kitchen floor. We love Ecover, Seventh Generation, and Naturally Clean products available now at most grocery stores.
5. Buy Local & Organic: This time of year is perfect for those root vegetables plentiful at most local farmer’s markets. Don’t have time to browse the farmers market? Check your local grocery store for organic canned items like butternut squash and pumpkin.
6. Drink Green: Try local brews or an organic wine distributor such as theorganicwinecompany.com.
7. If You Buy Paper Plates: Check out verterra.com for amazing, non-toxic, biodegradable, compostable, durable, and eco-chic place settings.
8. Dish Duty: Leave it to the dishwasher! According to a recent study, if a dishwasher is Energy Star, you don’t use the heated dry option, you pack the dishwasher to full capacity (without using the rinse first option), and use eco-friendly soap, then dishwashing is more eco-friendly than the hand washing alternative. Washing dishes can waste up to 20 gallons of water!
9. Recycle: Have a family member create clearly marked recycling bins for paper, plastic, or compostable foods items before the guests arrive. You’ll save time and energy separating out your “trash” at the end of the evening if guests know where to place the above items.
10. Give Thanks & Just Give: Create a new Thanksgiving tradition by going around the table and having everyone say what they are thankful for this year. Instead of sending everyone home with leftovers, plan in advance to donate the leftover food items to a local food shelter in need this year.
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Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice on the South Shore in Duxbury and in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. The center was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.